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Ozzie Guillen

Where’s freedom of speech in U.S.?

Apparently there is no freedom of speech in our democracy. You say what you feel and you are fined, censored, or fired from your job. Castro is the scum of the Earth, but others think him a saint. That is their opinion, and their opinion is freedom of speech.

As U.S. citizens we have a right to say and feel what we want — or at least I thought we did.

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— Jim Morris, Renton

Intolerance on display in Miami

I can’t believe I’m defending Ozzie Guillen, or Fidel Castro, but I take issue when we place the full blame here on a filter-free manager.

“Know your audience” is a fair criticism, and for making tone-deaf comments, Guillen should pay a price, but when it rises to the level of calling for his job, it becomes fair to consider the intolerance of the opposition.

Siding with an intolerant group unchecked can perpetuate extreme views and reinforce polarizing depictions that only increase the power of the intolerant, and the likelihood that these scenarios recur.

Fifty-plus years in the unchallenged echo-chamber of Little Havana has produced a hardened and unyielding segment of the community with a poor track record of civil engagement on the topic of Castro.

Ozzie Guillen is no Elian Gonzalez, but that same fervor remains at play and we do ourselves a disservice to allow it to go unmentioned.

— Andrew Golan, West Seattle

Tony Wroten Jr.

Doesn’t compare with Brandon Roy

Tony Wroten and his sycophant boosters may think of him as an equal to Brandon Roy.


By the time Roy finished his four seasons at UW, he had become one of the most facile ambidextrous players around, able to finish with either hand; able to shoot from long or short range, on the run or standing still at the foul line; and an excellent passer and defender.

Those extra college years led him into the NBA as quite close to being a complete player. Wroten is anything but that.

— Rod Belcher, Des Moines

Best decision for Huskies, too

Tony Wroten going pro was the right decision — for the Huskies. They were never going to be a consistently good team with Wroten around. It was all on display during their NIT loss: his ability to drive to the basket, but right into the teeth of the defense, where he throws up a wild shot; his intermittent commitment to defense; his inability to hit threes or free throws; his creative passes — some for easy baskets, some clanking off the hands of unprepared teammates, and some that go straight to the other team while the rest of the team stands around waiting for him to do something.

The Huskies still need a couple of new players, but they will be a more consistent team next year without Wroten. Maybe they’ll even make the NCAA tournament.

— Mike Ligon, Kent


And what about Rizzsy?

Miggy, Ichi, Figgy, etc.

Why do the TV sportscasters talk about the Mariners players like they’re the seven dwarves? Why not go all the way and call the manager Wedgie?

— Steve Cramer, Federal Way

Get headlines back on track

Over the years I have seen this term “untracked” used on the Sports pages. A recent headline in the Sports section was, “Mariners bats get untracked.” What the heck does this mean?

A long time ago the “track” analogy was derived from railroading. A train disaster might mean the cars came off the track, or, making up a word became “untracked.” When the situation was corrected the cars were put back on the tracks. So if the headline were to be correctly used in the railroad analogy terms the Mariners bats would be “back on track” — not “untracked.”

If you have another explanation that justifying the use of “untracked” in this situation I would be interested in hearing it.

— Knute Anderson,

Gig Harbor

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